The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4autism), a New York-based charity, announced plans to create the world's first Global Autism Center on Mt. Scopus in Israel, dedicated to catalyzing breakthrough innovation in autism research and treatment. In a ceremony at Jerusalem's City Hall hosted by Mayor Nir Barkat, ICare4autism's President Joshua Weinstein signed an agreement paving the way for ICare4autism to acquire the campus of Bezalel Academy of Art in 2013, and convert it into a center, housing:

- State-of-the-art autism research facilities to serve as a platform for global collaboration.
- The world's first university-level school of autism studies, to raise therapeutic standards worldwide.
- A model school, applying the latest research, technology and design to the needs of students across the Autistic Spectrum.
- A foundation to support transformative global collaborations in autism education and treatment.

Joshua Weinstein said, "To tackle the global autism epidemic, we need a community of researchers, educators and advocates that reaches across borders. Our new Center will give us the ability to convene and empower that community."

Said Dr. Eric Hollander, Chairman of ICare4autism's Scientific Advisory Council, "The Center will drive the research needed to discover the etiology of autism, ultimately leading to better methods of detection and treatment."

Said Mayor Barkat, "We welcome ICare4autism's plan to create a Global Autism Center on Mt. Scopus, and we look forward to the breakthroughs in research that will emanate from its campus to benefit the entire world."

About Joshua Weinstein, MBA and MA Ed

Mr. Weinstein is the Founder of ICare4autism, which encompasses Shema Kolainu - Hear our Voices School and Center for Children with Autism in New York City, and Tishma - ABA School and Center for Children with Autism in Jerusalem, Israel.

About Dr. Eric Hollander, MD

Dr. Hollander, Chairman of the Advisory Council of ICare4autism, is a renowned psychiatrist on the faculty of Montefiore Medical Center University Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, former Chair of Psychiatry at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Director of the Seaver and Greater New York Autism Center of Excellence.